January 21st 2015 | Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Keynote speakers

Professor Alexis Jay OBE

Author of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Chair, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)

Alexis Jay spent over 30 years in local government in deprived parts of Scotland, including as Director of Social Services and Housing. In 2005, she was invited by the Scottish Government to set up the first independent inspection body for social services in Scotland, and in 2011 she became the Scottish Government’s first Chief Social Work Adviser. She retired from that post in 2013.

She has played a leading role in most of the key policy developments in health and social care and children’s services in Scotland, and was also President of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2004-05. She has been involved for many years in social service developments and building networks across Europe, mainly through the European Social Network. 

She is a trustee of several charities and also chairs Glasgow’s Public Social Partnership for people with learning disabilities. She is Chair of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland.

Alexis was awarded an OBE by the Queen in the 2012 Birthday Honours List.


Tam Baillie

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People


Tam has worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for 30 years, primarily with young offenders; young people in and leaving care; and young homeless people.  Working in Scotland and England and in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, Tam moved into the policy field in order to help address the strategic and structural needs necessary to affect lasting change. He worked as the Director of Policy for Barnardo’s from 2003 and has held the position of Chair of  the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights.

In May 2009, he took up the post of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. As the Commissioner, Tam’s remit is to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland.  These rights are set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK Government signed up to in 1991.


Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham

Major Crime & Public Protection, Police Scotland

Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1995. He has worked in a number of patrol and investigative roles in each rank, both locally and nationally.

As a Senior Investigating Officer since 2003 he has investigated numerous high profile crimes and incidents including leading on Child Protection for ACPOS.  

In August 2008 he was promoted to Head of the Criminal Investigation Department for Lothian and Borders Police, leading on tackling serious and organised crime, major crime investigation, countering terrorism, intelligence and public protection for the force. He led on behalf of ACPOS in Counter Terrorism Investigations, Sexual Crime Investigation and worked with key partners in developing new approaches to victim services. 

In 2008 he was awarded a M.Sc. with merit in Police Leadership and was appointed as Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh in June 2012. In January 2013 he was appointed as an Assistant Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland and holds the portfolio for Major Crime and Public Protection.

Dr Sharon Vincent

Reader in Child Welfare, Northumbria University

Sharon Vincent is Reader in Child Welfare at Northumbria University. She has 16 years’ experience of conducting research in child protection. She previously worked for the University of Wolverhampton, the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre, the Social Work Services Inspectorate, Scottish Government and Barnardo’s. Her particular area of research is child death review processes and prevention of child deaths from abuse and neglect. In 2010 Sharon undertook a comparative study of child death review processes in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the UK. In 2012 she undertook the Audit and Analysis of Significant Case Reviews for the Scottish Government and is currently a member of the Short Life Working Group on Significant Case Reviews. She has presented the findings of her research widely in the UK and internationally and is the author of numerous reports and publications including ‘Learning from child deaths and serious abuse in Scotland’ and ‘Preventing child deaths: learning from review’.  

Martin Crewe

Director, Barnardo's Scotland

Martin Crewe is Director of Barnardo's Scotland which works with more than 10,000 children, young people and their families across the country.  

He is currently deputy chair of the Scottish Government’s Programme Board that is co-ordinating the implementation of Getting It Right For Every Child. Martin was also a leading contributor to the Early Years Framework for Scotland published in 2008.  

Martin initially trained as a scientist and completed a PhD in Geochemistry.  He has worked for a trade union, the National Health Service and charities both big and small.  He gained an MBA in 1993 and an MSc in Social Services Management in 2006.  He was also a ‘business excellence’ assessor for Quality Scotland for five years.  

Martin has served on the Boards of several voluntary organisations as well as the Scottish charity regulator (OSCR) and is on the board of the new Edinburgh College.

Shona MacGregor

Self Directed Support Development Officer, Social Work Scotland

Shona MacGregor is a qualified Social Worker who has worked in frontline services in local government since 1990. Her experience has primarily been within adult services. She has completed a post graduate certificate at Stirling University in adult services, support and protection.  

Shona is currently seconded to Social Work Scotland as a Development Officer for Self-directed support. She has been working in partnership with other key stakeholders to support greater understanding of the new duties through the development of practitioner's guidance and learning resources. Her expertise, knowledge and focus lies in the area of 'the impact of the new Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 legislation on frontline practitioners and people who use support. Shona sits on a number national groups- exploring both the opportunities and challenges presented by the new approach.

Senior Advocate Depute Alison Di Rollo

Head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit, Crown Office and and Procurator Fiscal Service

Alison joined COPFS in 1985 undertaking front line prosecution duties in Dumfries, Edinburgh and Dunfermline, before moving to the Policy Group at Crown Office, where she was appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Unit in Crown Office, and later Head of Operational Policy. 


In May 2008 Alison was seconded from COPFS to take up the role of Trial Advocate Depute, and since then has been prosecuting in the High Court.  


In February 2010 she joined the National Sexual Crimes Unit in Crown Office, specialising in the preparation and prosecution of serious sexual offences – rape, attempted rape, sodomy, child abuse, historical sexual abuse and internet offending – and closely involved in the first cases to be taken under the new consolidated legislation of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.  Following appointment as a Senior Advocate Depute in 2011, she became Head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit in January 2013.  

Thomas Timlin

Policy Development Officer, Who Cares? Scotland

Thomas has worked with Who Cares? Scotland for over a year, initially as Young Persons’ Worker and now as a Policy Development Officer. Thomas is also involved in Who Cares? Scotland’s influencing work; utilising his care experience in creating positive change within Scotland’s care system. He has recently graduated as a qualified social work practitioner and was awarded the University of the West of Scotland Amundsen Trophy.

Beth Smith

Director, WithScotland

Beth is a registered social worker and for the last thirty years has worked in a variety of roles and settings across social work services. This includes frontline practice, specialist projects and senior management. Beth has an MSc in Social Services Management and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Applied Social Research. 

She is the Director of WithScotland - established in 2009 in response to the Inspection into the Care and Protection of Children in Eilean Siar (Western Isles). This report recommended "the establishment of a multi-agency resource on which all staff in Scotland working with complex child protection issues can draw for advice, expertise, training and research..."

WithScotland is the national resource that assists agencies and practitioners to protect children in need of care and protection and more recently, adults at risk of harm and is funded in a partnership arrangement between Scottish Government, NHS, Police and local authorities, via COSLA. 

Beth is responsible for developing the team and its activities as well as sustaining partnerships with relevant organisations across Scotland and the UK to take forward projects of local and national significance, such as the recent refresh of the National Child Protection Guidance.

Jackie Brock

Chief Executive, Children in Scotland

Jackie Brock joined Children in Scotland as Chief Executive Officer in July 2012. She has prioritised increasing its membership to over 400 organisations and individuals and also extending the influence of the children’s sector to improve educational attainment, tackle child poverty and improve the early years, alongside other key priorities. Jackie has 12 years experience across various posts and departments in the Civil Service and most recently led the major change programme underway in Scottish education, Curriculum for Excellence, as Deputy Director of Learning and Support. Jackie has experience across Scotland’s children’s services including, additional support for learning, health and wellbeing, foster, kinship and residential care, youth justice and child protection inspections. Prior to the civil service she worked across local government and the third sector.

Jackie is a member of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature board and chairs its Finance And Audit sub-committee.

Maureen McAteer

Project Director, Third Sector Project, Barnardo's Scotland

In September 2014 Maureen became the Project Director of the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project. Prior to this Maureen was part of the Early Years Collaborative Practice Team, in Scottish Government. Before this Maureen was based with the UK charity Action for Children where she worked on a variety of projects over a 13-year period supporting children, families and communities.  

Pam Miller

Senior Policy Analyst, NSPCC



Pam has worked for the NSPCC for five years. She is currently a senior analyst in the Strategy, Policy and Evidence Directorate and prior to that she was a research officer for the NSPCC. Pam’s work at the NSPCC focuses on organisational strategy, and research and policy on a variety of topics including children and young people experiencing domestic abuse and childhood disclosures of abuse. Prior to that, Pam was a research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire exploring police notifications of domestic abuse to children’s social care and developing baseline evidence for a social marketing campaign aimed at perpetrators of domestic abuse. Pam worked in state government and the non-profit sector in the USA for several years focusing on child abuse, juvenile justice and domestic violence and wider criminal justice issues. Pam has a BsC in Computer Science from Indiana University and a MSc in Social Work from the University of Texas.